Artists include Stan Brakhage, Stan Douglas, Ken Jacobs, Mike Kelley, Catherine Opie, Gabriel Orozco, Cindy Sherman, Diana Thater, Jeff Wall and others. This is the catalogue of an exhibition in 1995 at the Whitney Museum, New York, of developments in contemporary American art, film and video. It focuses on the 80 artists in the exhibition, all of whom emphasize metaphor, allegory, and/or symbol in their art. Articles include Nobel Prize winner Gerald Edelman on visual art and the brain, John G. Hanhardt on film and video, etc. Illustrated throughout.